What is the matter with the percentiles for tests?

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By Shaman88 (Shaman88) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:47 pm: Edit

Why is the percentile for the IIC never a 99 or 98 even if you got an 800. I got a 740 on the IIC and its only in the 74%-ile. Is it because there are so many smart asians and indians taking the exam at the same time. I am utterly confused.

By Monoe (Monoe) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:50 pm: Edit

well, the 800 is the 90th percentile. This means that 1 out of 10 testtakers score an 800 on the IIC. They don't discriminate between those who got no answers wrong, or one, or six. As long as it's an 800, it's 90th percentile. The percentiles change depending upon the population of testtakers.

By Jangel86 (Jangel86) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:59 pm: Edit

Don't worry about percentiles....colleges care much more about the score than about the percentile.

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 05:00 pm: Edit

Only the good math students take the IIC. If you look to see the sheer # of students who take the IIC, you'll see that many fewer take that then the SAT1 or the IC, and it's only the good ones.

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